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Sunday, 15 June 2014

WORLD CUP: A guide to the skiing

The following World Cup sides are from countries well known for their skiing: Argentina, Chile, Japan, Italy, France, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, USA, Russia, South Korea

But there are a number of "World Cup" minnows, who, to a greater or lesser extent, are able to boast ski areas of their own:

  • Algeria, where skiers at Chrea are guarded by the military
  • Australia - for example Thredbo and Perisher (where it has just snowed)
  • Belgium, at Mont des Brumes, with a summit at 530m
  • Brazil, perhaps the most marginal of all the countries here, but it looks like you can put skis on at Sao Jose dos Ausentes
  • Bosnia - Sarajevo of course hosted the 1980 games. More on Jahorina here and on Balkan skiing here
  • Colombia, where the access road to Nevado del Ruiz rises to, er, 4900m
  • Croatia, where you can ski near Zagreb and Rijeka - guide here
  • Ecuador, where the 6270m summit of Chimborazo is apparently the furthest point from the centre of the earth due to its "equatorial bulge"
  • England - here's a video of Weardale, or you can ski at Raise near Helvellyn
  • Greece, where the mountains are high, and there are quite a number of ski resorts
  • Iran - as skied by Dom Joly a few years ago; more here
  • Mexico, where Monterreal offers skiing in December and January
  • Portugal, where Serra da Estrela offers 500m of descent

Chrea, Algeria. More on African skiing here

As far as I can see, there is no skiing available in the following countries:

  • Cameroon - although there are apparently occasional snowfalls on Mount Cameroon
  • Costa Rica (although the water skiing looks good)
  • Ghana
  • Holland
  • Honduras - apparently snow has never been seen here
  • Ivory Coast
  • Nigeria
  • Uruguay

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